Many people start their day with a cup of coffee. It helps them wake up from their slumber and get along with the day. For all the coffee lovers there is a good news! Many of you might not know but coffee has been found to lower the risk of diabetes. If you had no solid reason to drinking it before, you surely have one now.
Coffee and Diabetes
Some say that they would not drink coffee no matter what, and there are an equal number of people who are ‘addicted’ to it. What you do is in your own hands, but it is handy if a single cup of coffee a day keeps you at bay from diabetes. Researchers at Harvard University have found that people who increased their consumption of coffee by ‘a single cup per day’ had reduced their risk of type 2 diabetes by 11%. On the other hand, those who dialed down its consumption were found to have 17% more chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
How does coffee do it?
Most people know that coffee contains caffeine and that’s it. Fortunately, this is not true. When studied at a molecular level, coffee possesses many other useful substances as well. Magnesium and some phenolic compounds have been found to play an important role in keeping diabetes in check. These compounds effectively break down glucose and control sugar overload (this is what diabetes is!).
The problem many of us have with coffee is that it disturbs our sleep cycle, due to its caffeine content. Researchers did not forget such people and have proposed that caffeine has no part to play in reducing the risk of diabetes. Decaffeinated coffee is just as good as caffeinated coffee against diabetes.
Is drinking coffee enough?
After praising coffee so much, it is essential to mention that coffee is not the ultimate solution to diabetes. You can only gain the maximum benefit from coffee once you have a healthy body weight, proper diet and a healthy lifestyle.